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Narration, Navigation, and Colonialism

A Critical Account of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century English Narratives of Adventure and Captivity


Jamal Eddine Benhayoun

The texts collected in this book are all produced and located within the converging fields of navigation and displacement. The connection between navigation and narration becomes clear when we realise that most of the authors and heroes of the accounts discussed by the author were, in one way or another, involved in shipping and navigation and that their accounts were produced within fluid and floating spaces and in the course of intriguing voyages and long cruises. In all cases, these narratives start with the narrators on board ships and end with them once again taking charge of their ships and sailing back home.
In this book, the author argues that the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English narratives of adventure and captivity were not produced within clearly demarcated territories and on dry land, but within spaces of indeterminacy, struggle, and transition.
Contents: Connected exercises of narration, navigation, and colonialism – Postcolonialism and cultural theory – The construction and deconstruction of cultural geographies in the discourse of captivity and adventure – Authority and authorship in the 17th and 18th centuries – Texts, contexts, and cultural representations – British-Moroccan relations.